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Protesters burn government office in Jumla

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Protesters have set two government offices ablaze in Jumla on Monday as the agitation entered ninth day demanding a separate Karnali province with special rights.

Protesters defied curfew that DAO had imposed from 8:00 am and set District Post Office and Agriculture Research Council’s Bagwani Office ablaze. The Bagwani building was totally destroyed in arson.

Demonstrators also burnt the main gate of District Post Office, a motorbike parked there, two solar panels and documents house in DPO.

Jumla DSP Bishnu Hari Koirala said they failed to soak the fire, as protesters pelted them with stones and the police could not reach the Bagwani building on time.

District Headquarters Khalanga remained tense throughout the day, as protesters defied curfew orders. Six agitators were injured when the police batons rained down on them. The condition of two of the injured is said to be critical.

Jumla DAO has issued shoot-at-sight orders for defying the curfew. Issuing a public notice, DAO requested that people in general not leave their homes during curfew hours.

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2018 to be marked as high-level visit year : Minister Gyawali





KATHMANDU — Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradip Gyawali has said that the year 2018 would be made the high-level visit year to solicit assistance for economic development.

Minister Gyawali, at an interaction programme in the capital city today, said that the high-level visit would be helpful to collect assistance for Nepal’s development and prosperity.

“Homework to invite Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping would begin very soon. Chinese President Xi Jinping was invited in 2016 but his visit could not happen due to change in government. This time, high-level visits from the USA, the UK, Japan and other countries would be arranged,” Minister Gyawali said.

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He also added that the visit from Prime Minister of Pakistan held last month increased goodwill and was concentrated on holding the stalled SAARC Summit.

On the occasion, the Foreign Affairs Minister said that truce in Syria should be held as the children are falling victims to the war.

He also pledged to work to increase Nepal’s access to UN adding that our approach is not established in comparison to Nepal’s contribution to peace keeping mission. Minister Gyawali reiterated his commitment to not allow Nepal’s soil to be used against any nation.

The Foreign Affairs Minister said that Nepal’s relations with China and India would be based on our necessity instead of an alternative to one another.

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